Usually, the most beautiful multi-day – multi-stage – hiking tours are those that circle the mountains. The Julian Alps, which belong to the eastern part of the Alps mountain chain, have their own “modern” long-distance Juliana circular route. The latter, however, has absolutely nothing to do with our great crossing of the mountains (traverse). The long-distance trail runs along less scenic routes, along gravel and asphalt roads, through inhabited valleys, forests…

Our Julian Alps Traverse is a real hiking treat, which takes you along the most beautiful and scenic and well-marked mountain trails from the north-east to the south- west of this beautiful mountain range. I can write from my own experience, as a local person who knows the Julian Alps really well, that the tour is one of the most beautiful multi-day mountain crossings.



On just under 60 kilometers of hiking trails, visitors – hikers can experience the true wilderness of this mountain world. This high route – the Julian Alps Traverse – connects mountain huts along the route into a multi-day hut-to-hut hiking adventure. During the hike, the hiker stops at seven serviced mountain huts: each one is special, has its own offer, history and its own caretakers…

Mountain huts with overnight accommodation are key to a comfortable and safe crossing of the Julian Alps, as they provide the hiker with shelter, rest and warm meals with a sufficient amount of drink. Fluids are important on this tour! Since in certain parts of the tour it is a distinctly rocky area with protected high mountain lakes, it is difficult to find drinking water in these parts, especially in the drier summer time. It is good, however, that the stages (hiking days) on the crossing are designed in such a way that the hiker spends the night in a mountain hut every day, thus providing himself with everything necessary at the beginning and end of each day’s stage.



The Julian Alps Traverse runs from east to west and takes the hiker from the famous Planica all the way to the beautiful valley of the Soča river under the upright mountain Krn. The path in the central part runs underneath summit of Mt. Triglav (2864m), the highest mountain of the Julian Alps. In this part, it also passes over the highest mountain passes and peaks on the way with wonderful views of the Triglav north wall, the extraordinary Vrata valley and the green Trenta valley below. From the Dolič mountain hut, a fairly elegant ascent to the king of the Julian Alps is possible, It takes two to three additional hours of ascent and another 2 hours of descent back to Dolič.. It requires the hiker to get up early, as well as some additional mountaineering experience and will.

Traverse, even without climbing Triglav, is a completely beautiful and extraordinary mountaineering experience. The remoteness, open mountain paths, wonderful views, ruggedness of the mountains give this tour the special charm of a true hiking classic, which can easily be compared with the popular Dolomites.



But the traversing offers, for us locals, the most beautiful part of the Alps, as well as an extremely pleasant walk through the valley of the Triglav lakes, which is one of the most beautiful areas of the Julian Alps. On the way, the hiker also reaches Lake Krn, which also belongs to the special and protected area. On three of the five stages, the mountain environment alternates with mountain vegetation and high-altitude lakes. It is also of extraordinary value that the entire crossing area belongs to the protected area of the Triglav National Park. This only confirms that the natural environment is really extraordinary, something special – unique, and that it is necessary to preserve it as such. It is clear that the tour belongs to those that take place in a sensitive natural environment and it is necessary to consciously participate in actions that have the least impact on the environment.



We like to say that certain things in life are the ones that have to be experienced. Mountain lovers are people who carefully plan their hiking tours and seek out the most beautiful areas that offer an exceptional mountain experience. The Julian Alps Traverse is definitely one of the must-do tours. For me, as the writer of this article and a passionate mountaineer, the Julian Alps are the most beautiful mountains in the world, and I have walked and explored mountains on four continents. All in all, the Julian Alps Traverse is a hiking experience that remains forever. It is a real hiking treat in a less crowded area of the Alps. In the unspoiled nature of Triglav National Park, which in places also offers a hint of that real exploration adventure. This outstanding tour simply does not leave the hiker feeling lightheaded.



We are here for you. To answer your questions, help you with everything you need, book accommodations and transfers, to accommodate any other request you might have and to take away from you all the stress that comes with planning and organizing such a tour. 

We hope to see you on a great Julian Alps Traverse experience – you are more than welcome to join us! 


At LIFE Hike we specialise in designing epic tours. We are committed to seeking out the very best in everything for our guests that only the knowledge and experience of our local team can provide. This epic Trekking in Julian Alps was designed by our great team back in 2014. In the last six years, more than 150 hikers, lovers of mountains, have walked this epic hut-to-hut trekking tour in Julian Alps.

Written by Matey Mejovsek; Photography by Matey Mejovsek, Zdenka Mihelič, Tadej Gorzeti and Lajf Inc.

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